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The Resource French novels and the Victorians, by Juliette Atkinson

French novels and the Victorians, by Juliette Atkinson

Label
French novels and the Victorians
Title
French novels and the Victorians
Statement of responsibility
by Juliette Atkinson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Despite the warnings of critics and moral leaders, French novels were widespread in Victorian culture. How did Victorian readers gain access to them? How were the novels' supposed immorality debated and challenged? And how far did the influx of French novels raise questions and anxieties about the literary and commercial value of the English novel?
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Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Atkinson, Juliette
Dewey number
843.809
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ653.A87
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • French fiction
  • French fiction
  • English fiction
  • Ethics
Summary expansion
In 1836, John Wilson Croker, having immersed himself in dozens of contemporary French novels, warned his readers that 'she who dares to read a single page of the hundred thousand licentious pages with which the last five years have indundated society, is lost for ever.' It has become common to build an opposition between the attitudes towards fiction held in prudish Victorian England and permissive 19th-century France. The lack of a full-length study of 19th-century Anglo-French literary relations means, however, that the rejection of French novels has been greatly exaggerated. French Novels and the Victorians sheds new light on these relations by exploring the enormous impact of French fiction on the Victorian reading public. The book considers the many different ties built between the two countries in the publishing industry, identifying how French novels could be accessed and by whom, as well as who promoted and who resisted the importation of Continental works in England and why. The book reflects on what 'immorality' meant to both critics and the readers they sought to warn, and how the notion was subjected to scrutiny through censorship debates as well as the fictional representations of readers. It also tackles the contemporary preoccupation with literary influence, and explores how the extensive circulation of French fiction in England affected the concept of a 'national' literature. In addition to highlighting the cultural importance of novelists such as Sand, Balzac, and Dumas, this book uncovers the networks and mediums that enabled French novels to cross the Channel, and looks at how the concept of 'the French novel' was elaborated, interpreted, and challenged
Target audience
specialized
Label
French novels and the Victorians, by Juliette Atkinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0028901594
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 426 pages
Isbn
9780197266090
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
Label
French novels and the Victorians, by Juliette Atkinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
BDZ0028901594
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 426 pages
Isbn
9780197266090
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)

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